The sisters of Sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma gathered for their annual sisterhood brunch Saturday afternoon in honor of an important alum: Edith Brannock.

Brannock, Class of 1939, was also a faculty member for forty years. She is a beloved figure for the thousands of students whose lives she touched throughout her Elon career.

In the presence of the Delta Beta Chapter, many other alumni, and some of her past students, Brannock was presented with the Heart of Gold award.

The Heart of Gold is a lifetime achievement award given to alumni who've lived lives in selfless service to others through the power of one heart touching another.

And from the testimonies of Sigma sisters and past students, it was clear that Brannock had earned the award.

What makes the award special is that it isn't necessarily given every year. It's only given when the sorority has chosen a recipient worthy of the honor.

The first award was given to Dr. Jo Watts Williams in 2010, and the second in 2013.

In the future, recipients will know they stand in great company, as both women have proven that they truly have hearts of gold.